Events

Date/Time Event
Tuesday, 26th September
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 years of LGBT music, with Darryl Bullock
David Bowie Made Me GayDarryl delves into the hidden history of LGBT lives in music including in the growth of jazz and the blues, looks at the almost forgotten world of the inter-war years when LGBT stars were prominent, then onwards to the swinging sixties, disco, glam rock and the now legendary out gay pop stars including Elton John and Freddie Mercury… and concludes with a round up of where we are today.
A sound illustrated talk, of course!
Entry is £3, refreshments provided.
Please let us know you’re coming on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 28th September
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Poetry Day - the big book launch - now fully booked!
Kathryn Daszkiewicz, like the others, is a Five Leaves regular. Tonight she will be launching her new Shoestring collection, Book of Follies which includes her customary discomfiting wit as she takes on painful relationships with no sentiment, using the natural world as a guard.
March-AndrewTaylorAndrew Taylor takes you on a journey through landscapes and places such as the Welsh hills, the West Coast Mainline and the north docks of Liverpool. Travel is a recurring theme throughout these poems, alongside music and the seasons and the shifts they bring. From having coffee in quiet city-centre cafés to travelling around complete rail networks, Taylor invites you into a world that is both personal and universal. His new book, March, is published by Shearsman.
Sarajevo RosesRory Waterman is also a poet on the move. Sarajevo Roses, launched tonight, is Rory’s second collection.  On sleeper trains, in cars and on foot, Waterman takes us into Mediterranean Europe, to Palma’s Bellver Castle, to Venice, to Krujë, to the Italian ghost-town Craco, and to St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, where ‘selfie-sticks dance before us at the altar’. Sarajevo’s ‘neatened muddle of terracotta and concrete’ is twinned with the ‘church spires and rain-bright roofs’ of the poet’s former hometown, Lincoln.
Free, refreshments provided
This event is fully booked

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 4th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Viking Economics - how the Scandinavians got it right and how we can too, with George Lakey
Viking EconomicsPerhaps the most fun economics presentation you’ll hear… George Lakey explores the inner workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world’s happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for surprisingly recently, we, too, can embrace equality in our economic policy.
George Lakey lectures at the Quaker Swarthmore College and is making a rare visit to the UK.
In association with Nottingham Society of Friends (Quakers) as part of the national Quaker Week.
Entry: £3.00, including refreshments
Advance booking essential on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

 

 

Venue: Friends Meeting House, Nottingham Nottinghamshire
Thursday, 5th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Letters Page, Vol. 2 launch

TLP2The Letters Page is a literary journal in letters, edited by Jon McGregor at the University of Nottingham. Join us for the launch of Volume 2, which includes letters from Andrew McMillan, Joe Dunthorne, Chimene Suleyman, Nicole Flattery, and many more. Copies of The Letters Page, Vol 2, which are presented in a handsome mailing package, will be on sale. Refreshments will be served, and there will be short readings from Joe Dunthorne and others.

Let us know you’re coming via events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Friday, 6th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry with Luke Kennard

CainJoin us for an evening of poetry with Luke Kennard. Luke is the author of 5 poetry books and a novel: The Transition. Luke will be reading from his latest collection, Cain. Tricksy, acerbic and laugh-out-loud funny, Cain is the dazzling new collection form Luke.

Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments
Booking essential on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 9th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Modern Slavery, with Kevin Bales
BloodAndEarth-KevinBalesGoing undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders for his book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, Kevin Bales exposed how modern slavery penetrates the global economy and flows into the things we buy. Disposable People was named by the Association of British Universities as one of “100 World-Changing Discoveries” and published in ten other languages. In 2001 he co-founded the NGO Free the Slaves, which has liberated thousands of slaves worldwide. After reading Bales’ book Ending Slavery, President Clinton told the plenary of the CGI: “It tells you that it is a problem we can solve and here’s how to do it.” Bales is the Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the University of Nottingham; and Lead Author of the WalkFree Global Slavery Index. The film based on his work Slavery: A Global Investigation (HBO/BBC) won a Peabody and two Emmys. Bales has advised the US, British, Irish, Norwegian, and Nepali governments as well as the European Parliament on trafficking and slavery policy. His newest book is, Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World . Check out his TED Talk.
Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 11th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Last Vicereine novel, with Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang
LastVicereineIt was the spring of 1947 when Lord and Lady Mountbatten arrived in New Delhi. India was on the brink of civil war. The reluctant vicereine was a rebel, a rulebreaker. She was a troubled soul, a great beauty, a firecracker. But the glamour was a façade. Behind it was a highly intelligent woman of influence and power. Her lovers included Jawaharlal Nehru. No one could have imagined the maelstrom of intrigue, events and relationships that would change their lives and those of millions of Indians forever. Set amidst the turmoil of Partition, The Last Vicereine is a heartbreaking story of the birth of two nations, of love, grief, tragedy, inhumanity and of the triumph of hope.
Free, refreshments included
Please let us know you are coming on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 12th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Forest Gardening, with Tomas Remiarz
Forest-Gardens-in-PracticeIn this illustrated talk, Tomas will show you how to create your own edible landscape, using examples from this country and elsewhere. He will cover what you can do in your own garden and what you can do collectively on allotment sites, parks and public spaces, including incorporating animals and learning. It doesn’t even have to look like a forest!
Gardeners, smallholders, landscape professionals and others will value this meeting.
 
Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments OR bring something for our garden in the alley!

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Tuesday, 17th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Black Tudors, with Miranda Kaufmann
Black TudorsBlack Tudors tells the stories of ten Africans living here during the Tudor and Stuart eras, uncovering the detail of their daily lives and how they were treated. Miranda reveals how John Blanke came to be the royal trumpeter to Henry VII and Henry VIII: the trouble Jacques Francis got himself into while working as a salvage diver on the wreck of the Mary Rose; what prompted Diego to sail the world with Drake, and she pieces together the stories of a porter, a prince, a sailor, a prostitute and a silk weaver.  They came to England from Africa, from Europe and from the Spanish Caribbean. They came with privateers, pirates, merchants, aristocrats, even kings and queens, and were accepted into Tudor society. They were baptised, married and buried by the Church of England and paid wages like other Tudors.
Yet their experience was extraordinary because, unlike the majority of Africans across the rest of the Atlantic world, in England they were free. They lived in a world where skin colour was less important than religion, class or talent: before the English became heavily involved in the slave trade. Their stories challenge the traditional narrative that racial slavery was inevitable.
Miranda Kaufmann is a senior research fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 19th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group - Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

norwegian-woodAs part of Nottingham’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we’ll discuss Murakami’s 1987 breakthrough novel. 37-year-old businessman Toru recalls his college days, when his best friend commits suicide and Toru becomes involved with his friend’s troubled girlfriend, who eventually enters an institution. Then Toru falls in love with another woman…
Is Murakami’s book a realistic portrayal of depression and mental illness? Introduced by Pippa Hennessy.

We don’t mind where you get the book from (though we offer 15% off book group books), libraries, friends or other bookshops but we do ask you to read the book in advance.
Free, refreshments provided
Please let us know you are coming on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 21st October
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dayschool on "Writing about Trouble" for young adults with Catherine Barter, Alan Gibbons and Bali Rai
Catherine Barter’s first novel for teenagers, Troublemakers, came out this summer. Her character, Alena, never knew her political activist mother. London is rocked by explosive devices left in supermarkets. As the threat mounts, Alena seeks to find out more about her past. Trouble starts. Then she does something truly rebellious.

Alan Gibbons has been writing about trouble for over twenty years, along the way winning the Blue Peter Award and being shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal (the “children’s Booker”) twice as well as many region book awards for young adult ficiton. His young adult fiction books include material on domestical violence, jihadi recruits and trouble at football grounds.

Bali Rai’s books about “trouble” include coverage of racism (to, and from, the Asian community, arranged marriage, and class. He has often said that issues to do with class are the great taboo in young adult fiction. Bali lives in Leicester, where he was inspired to write by Sue Townsend. Five Leaves has published two of his novels for reluctant readers.

This event will include presentations, readings and discussion about writing about difficult issues for teenage readers

Who should attend this event? Teachers, librarians, writers, serious readers of young adult fiction, youth workers.

In association with Nottingham Writers Studio

Tickets: £10 (£8 advance) from Five Leaves Bookshop

 

Venue: Nottingham Writer’s Studio, Nottingham
Saturday, 21st October
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Call Mr. Robeson, a show with Tayo Aluko and Friends

Call Mr RobesonPaul Robeson was a famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. Over the years he got progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he was branded a traitor to his country, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel.

Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threatened to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he was summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to give the most difficult and important performance of his career.

This journey through Robeson’s remarkable life highlights how his pioneering and heroic (but largely forgotten) political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement.

This show features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River.

Venue: Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross

Tickets: £10/£8.00 from Five Leaves Bookshop

 

Venue: Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
Monday, 23rd October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A Greenwich Exchange evening with John Lucas and James Hodgson
Nottingham’s John Lucas reads from his new novel Summer 1945 and James Hodgson from his Oscar Wilde: philosopher, poet and playwright
Free, refreshments provided.
Please let us know you are coming on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 25th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism and Asperger Ayndrome in adults, with Luke Beardon
Autism and Asperger Syndrome in AdultsLuke Beardon challenges the view that autism is a disorder. He provides an up-to-date view of autism and Asperger Syndrome. The focus of this talk will be more on adult life, including employment, education, dating and parenthood and what this means for autistic people.
This session will be of particular interest to those with autism, family and friends of autistic people and professionals working in the field.
Dr Luke Beardon is a member of staff in The Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. He has been working as a practitioner in the field of autism and Asperger syndrome for around 20 years. His latest book is Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Adults.
Tickets: £3.00, including refreshments
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 28th October
All Day
Trace Elements - writing from the British Irish, and Irish writing about home Conference at Loughborough University

Further Details to be announced

Venue: Loughborough University, Loughborough
Monday, 30th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Protest, stories of resistance
Protest Stories of ResistanceProtest, from Comma Press, comprises true stories from Britain’s radical past, written by historians,  together with fictional responses by creative writers. Comma Press fights Fake News with well researched, historically accurate fiction! Ra Page from Comma Press presents the concept while Andy Hedgecock (who responded to the local Pentrich Uprising) and Michelle Green (who responded to the Suffragette movement) present some of the fictional responses.
 
Tickets: £3.00 including refreshments

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 1st November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A evening with Eimear McBride
the-lesser-bohemians-eimear-mcbrideEimear McBride’s first novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, won the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction, the first Goldsmiths Prize for experimental fiction and the Irish Novel of the Year award, covering a difficult subject in gripping prose. Her The Lesser Bohemians is set in 1990s London, where a young Irish student falls in love with an older actor. She is a naive immigrant, thrilled with her new life in the city, he is haunted by demons.
In association with Nottingham Irish Studies Group
Entry is £5, refreshments provided.
Booking is essential. Please let us know on fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 6th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Words Best Sung, book launch with Lee Stuart Evans

Words Best SungJoin us for the launch of Lee Stuart Evan’s new book, which is set in the 1960s and follows the fortunes of Alastair, who dreams about two things: steam engines and Charlotte, the tomboy from the top of the street. When Alastair starts work on the railway, steam is just a few years from extinction and Charlotte has run away to the bright lights, leaving Alastair hopelessly in lust with Mary. After a seaside brawl leads to his pal playing drums for one of the hottest R&B bands in the country, a boys’ adventure to the capital proves a revelation in more ways than any of them could ever have imagined.

Free, refreshments provided

Let us know you’re coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 8th November
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Celebrate our fourth birthday with poetry from Zosia Kuczynska, Padraig Regan and Tim Youngs

PisankiZosia’s first collection Pisanki (Emma Press) draws on her Polish family’s journey to the UK.

Padraig’s Who Seemed Alive & Altogether Real (Emma Press) suggests alternative histories in responses to paintings where the gaze of the (male) artist is directed towards the male figure in queerly erotic ways.

Tim Youngs launches the first of a new series of short pamphlets from Five Leaves, Touching Distance.

Free, refreshments provided
Let us know you’re coming via fiveleaves.bookshopevents@gmail.com

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 9th November - Sunday, 12th November
All Day
Five Leaves is Four!
Until the end of the week (that’s Sunday!) we are discounting everything in the bookshop by four whole percent. We add a percent each year for our birthday so stick with us… 30% after thirty years. All books are free in, oh, 96 more years!

 

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
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